History in Kuala LumpurEdit This
It expanded under British rule (1873-1957) as a center of tin and rubber production and became the capital of the British-protected Federated Malay States in 1895. A rail line from KL to Klang, connecting the capital to the sea, was opened in 1886.
With the city's establishment as State Capital of Selangor, more and more people from surrounding villages moved there. It rapidly developed into an administrative center and hub of business and trade. In 1946, it became the headquarters of the Federation of Malaya. After independence in 1957, KL's progress increased, and by 1974, it was formally detached from the State of Selangor and made into a Federal Territory. Today, KL is the seat of government in Malaysia, with its own administration headed by a minister of cabinet rank.